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A picture book by Rukhsana Khan
Illustrated by Kristi Frost
Published by Stoddart Kids
62 pg, Hardcover
$16.95 CDN / $13.95 US
AR Quiz No. 42065 EN Fiction
IL: LG - BL: 2.6 - AR Pts:
AR Quiz Types: RP
When a little girl tries to count sheep to go
to sleep, the sheep rebel and give her a hard time.
"A little bit of dream
manipulation goes a long way in this lullaby tale from newcomer Khan. As
a young girl lies in bed, she conjures up some sheep to come, but the
sheep, led by a monocled old ram, are in a mutinous mood. They demand
some clarifications: "What's in store? It's dark on the far side of the
fence. Light is up so we can see where we go." The girl complies, but
there are more demands: How about some entertainment? So she adds an
amusement park, which so captivated the sheep that they not only shirk
their appointed fence jumping task, they ignore the girl's call to
order. Enough . . . Frost's rich, oil-pastel illustrations have a light
touch, a good match for this story of tables turned, where the child is
ready and eager for the land of nod, but the dream won't cooperate."
" 'Bedtime Ba-a-a-lk' by Rukhsana Khan and Kristi
Frost (Stoddart Kids, $13.95). It's bedtime, and sleep awaits. But the
darned sheep won't jump over the fence. That's the premise behind this
creative tale about negotiation and compromise. It's a story that simply
begs to be read at bedtime."
-The Knoxville News Sentinel-
"In a nighttime ritual familiar to all children,
a young girl readies herself to drift off to sleep by counting sheep.
She cajoles the conjured sheep to leap over the fence so she may count
them. The sheep however, led by a feisty old ram, start to revolt at the
idea of leaping into the darkness and demand that the girl light up the
night. The prose is wise and witty and the illustrations colorful and
comical, making this tale of a bed time standoff something for young and
old to enjoy night after night."